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Almost half the pupils from some French primary schools were absent from class after the text messages were sent

A computer-generated image drawn up in attempts to identify Jose Matada

4,000 mile journey ends at a London cemetery: Jet stowaway 'probably still alive' when he fell from undercarriage as it approached Heathrow

Bruising and injuries indicated there was some blood flowing around his body even if he was unconscious, says pathologist

A reveller holds a sign to celebrate the death of Britain's former prime minister Margaret Thatcher

Thatcher death parties are not just mindless morbidity, they can be a community coming together

Everyone I spoke to in Brixton had a clear and political reason for being there

Sun fined £3,000 for Oldham gas explosion reporting breach

A national newspaper has been fined more than £3,000 for breaching reporting restrictions when it published a story about a man accused of causing a huge explosion which killed a two-year-old boy.

Numbers of complaints about unwanted calls have trebled in just six months

Campaigners are calling for action against rogue operators

Whether it’s PPI mis-selling, double glazing  or accident insurance claims, the plague of unsolicited calls has reached the status of No. 1 complaint to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Charities use mobile technology to boost donations

The charity website Justgiving.com is souping up its mobile service after a surge in fundraising on the go helped to fuel a 26 per cent rise in donations so far this year.

Labour peer Lord Ahmed has been suspended by the party

'My comments were completely unacceptable': Lord Ahmed apologises for blaming Jewish conspiracy for dangerous driving jail term

A peer suspended from the Labour Party over allegations that he blamed a Jewish conspiracy for his dangerous driving jail term has “completely and unreservedly” apologised for his comments.

Alastair Cook denies England have mismanaged Kevin Pietersen’s injury

Captain says Pietersen was able to play despite pain and was regularly assessed

Review: Sony Xperia Z Android smartphone

This is a splendid phone, if you've got a strong forearm

Ricci Giff, a police officer from the diplomatic protection group, arrives for sentencing at Southwark Crown Court in London

Armed protection officer who bunked off work to meet lover sentenced to nine months in prison

He photographed her naked and wearing his gun, court told

Muslim convert Richard Dart admits terrorism charges

Muslim convert Richard Dart admitted terrorism charges at the Old Bailey today.

Labour peer Lord Ahmed has been suspended by the party

'There's no place for anti-Semitism in the Labour party': Ed Miliband condemns Lord Ahmed over claims he blamed imprisonment on 'Jewish conspiracy'

Labour today suspended one of its Muslim peers after he appeared to blame a Jewish conspiracy for his imprisonment for dangerous driving.

Egghead Barry Simmons said it would be ‘strange’ for him to be excluded

BBC in row over professional quizzer Barry Simmons of 'Eggheads' on 'Brain of Britain'

At first Barry Simmons seemed like just another plucky quiz contestant: a retired IT consultant whose bookish fastidiousness and towering intellect had guided him to the final of Radio 4’s Brain of Britain.

Vicky Pryce arrives at Southwark Crown Court today

Pryce guilty: Trial laid bare strains in Huhne household

The private strains and disputes in the Huhne household were laid bare as the anguish over abortions, adultery and lies were revealed during the trial.

Kenyans put messaging to work to head off poll violence

For Juliana Rotich, like so many Kenyans, the last election at the end of 2007 evokes painful memories.

Man accused of beating heavily pregnant ex-fiancee to death was 'addicted to cheap supermarket alcohol and Guitar Hero'

A man accused of beating his heavily pregnant ex-fiancee and their unborn baby to death has described how he became addicted to cheap supermarket alcohol and the Guitar Hero computer game.

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